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Road Rage: A Major Cause of Car Accidents in The U.S.

Wilson & McQueen Dec. 3, 2021

Angry drivers are not in short supply across the United States. In fact, at least 80% of American motorists admit that they have felt road rage within the last year. When not experiencing road rage themselves, drivers may come into contact with other motorists displaying hazardous driving behaviors.

It is important for drivers to know how to handle their road rage and what to do if they encounter enraged motorists. Handling the situation properly could help prevent a serious car accident and potential injuries.

What Are the Facts?

At least 56% of deadly car accidents involve at least one form of aggressive driving, with speeding as the most common. When drivers become angry, they often challenge other drivers and forget to follow important traffic rules.

What Are the Signs of An Angry Driver?

The Insurance Information Institute lists some critical signs of a driver with road rage, including the following:

  • Swerving between lanes, cutting off other vehicles and blocking them from changing lanes

  • Speeding or racing other vehicles

  • Tailgating or following too closely

  • Failing to yield to traffic lights, traffic signs or other drivers

  • Passing on the shoulder or where prohibited

  • Yelling, excessive honking or using inappropriate gestures

Angry drivers may intentionally hit another car or threaten other motorists with physical harm.

If drivers start to feel angry while rushing home from work or running late to a meeting, they should try listening to soft music or try deep breathing activities. If drivers should come into contact with an angry motorist, they should contact law enforcement rather than engage with them.